Greg Craig, former White House counsel during Bill Clinton’s impeachment and under Barack Obama, was indicted on Thursday on charges of false statements in connection to his work with Ukraine, revealed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia.
Craig became the first Democrat indicted in a case arising from Mueller’s completed probe, Fox News reported. Other Democrats — notably Clinton bundler Tony Podesta — have come under suspicion in the probe, but Craig is the first to be indicted.
Unlike with former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, authorities did not break into Craig’s house in the middle of the night. He was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for falsifying and concealing “material facts” and making false statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a once-obscure law that was not frequently enforced prior to the Mueller probe.
In 2012 while at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Craig worked for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s puppet in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Like Manafort, who also worked with Yanukovych, Craig did not register as a foreign agent for this work.
Skadden, the law firm, agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s registration requirements in January, paying a $4.6 million settlement to avoid criminal prosecution.
On Wednesday night, Greg’s attorneys told the Associated Press that the “government’s stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”
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